OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION
A Story of Impact: NIOSH and Partners Work to Prevent Worker Deaths from Exposures to Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors at Oil and Gas Wellsites [PDF 1.5 MB]
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2017-110 (2016)
This story of impact describes how NIOSH and its partners identified worker deaths from exposure to hydrocarbon gases and vapors at oil and gas wellsites and how two stakeholder groups developed new standards and regulations that will reduce those exposures by encouraging alternative methods for gauging and sampling oilfield tanks.
Move It! Rig Move Safety for Truckers
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-168d (2012)
This video covers rig move safety for truckers in the oil and gas fields. It helps make sense of the organized chaos that accompanies a rig move and highlights some easy ways to lower the risk of being injured or killed when moving to a new location.
Total running time: 27 minutes
OSHA NIOSH Hazard Alert: Worker Exposure to Silica During Hydraulic Fracturing [PDF - 2 MB]
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-166 (2012)
This Hazard Alert discusses the health hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing and focuses on worker exposures to silica in the air. It covers the health effects of breathing silica, recommends ways to protect workers, and describes how OSHA and NIOSH can help.
DHHS(NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-204c (November 2012)
Rig Check was developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in partnership with safety experts from the oil and gas extraction industry. It is made up of 35 inspection forms. The forms are designed to be used by rig workers to document the inspection of tools and equipment commonly found on rotary and workover rigs. Each inspection form includes instructions for assessing and recording the condition of the equipment. When applicable, relevant federal regulations and industry recommended practices are included.
Move It! Rig Move Safety for Roughnecks
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-108d (2011)
This video covers rig move safety for roughnecks in the oil and gas fields. It helps make sense of the organized chaos that accompanies a rig move and highlights some easy ways to lower the risk of being injured or killed when moving to a new location.
Total running time: 23 minutes
Take Pride in Your Job: Fall Protection
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-108d (2008)
This video encourages oil and gas extraction workers to use fall protection and never be “un-clipped” and thus vulnerable when at elevations. The video features oil and gas extraction workers talking about their use of fall protection and sharing their personal stories about why fall protection should always be worn when working at elevations.
Total running time: 10 minutes
Take Pride in Your Job: Seat Belts
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-109d (2008)
This video encourages oil and gas extraction workers to wear a seat belt whenever in a moving motor vehicle. The video features oil and gas extraction workers describing their use of seat belts and sharing their personal stories about why seat belts should be worn all the time - every time.
Total running time: 11 minutes
Hazcom Helper - OSHA version
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule 29 CFR 1910.1200 (also known as the Hazard Communication Standard) requires all employers having hazardous chemicals in their workplaces to develop a written hazard communication program. Employers must list all these chemicals and describe how the company will address requirements to:
- Label containers used to store hazardous chemicals
- Obtain or develop Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for hazardous chemicals
- Provide potentially exposed workers with information about and training in working around hazardous chemicals
- Provide appropriate protective measures
NIOSH created the HazCom Helper - OSHA Version to be more compatible with the specific needs of nonmining companies. This software leads the person responsible for writing a HazCom plan step-by-step through its preparation. Prompts and suggestions help the writer fill in the proper information. Appendix A assists with writing a list of all hazardous chemicals at a site. The program can be saved and recalled at any time so it can be updated whenever necessary.
- Page last reviewed: November 16, 2016
- Page last updated: November 16, 2016
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Western States Office